Munich, Germany’s Oktoberfest finally back on after two-year hiatus due to pandemic pause

Berlin — Germany’s annual Oktoberfest is finally back this fall after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the famous Bavarian beer festival said on Thursday.

“The Wiesn is happening,” Clemens Baumgärtner told reporters in Munich, using the Bavarian slang of Munich residents for Oktoberfest, which refers to the large meadow or meadow where the boisterous celebrations take place.

He said the popular beer festival in the Bavarian capital will take place from September 17 to October 3 – Germany’s national holiday – without pandemic restrictions.

“It will take place as we know it from 2019 and no different,” added Baumgaertner.

Oktoberfest, first held in 1810 to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese, has been canceled dozens of times in its more than 200-year history due to wars and pandemics.

In the years before the outbreak of the corona virus, around 6 million revelers attended the celebrations annually, many of them in traditional Bavarian costume – the women in dirndls, the men in lederhosen or knee-length lederhosen.

Around 487 beer breweries, restaurants, fish and meat grills, wine merchants and others will be in attendance and opening hours will be even longer than in the past, with the first beer tents opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 10:30 p.m. The last orders will be at accepted at 9:30 p.m

A one-liter mug of beer will cost between 12.60 and 13.80 euros ($12.84 to $14.07) this year, which is about a 15% increase over 2019, according to the official Oktoberfest homepage.

Typical Bavarian dishes sold at Oktoberfest include specialties such as the “Schlachtteller” with black pudding, liver sausage and pork belly; Roast pork with crispy skin, bread dumplings and sauerkraut; Roast ox or braised venison ragout with homemade spaetzle.

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